2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 1, 2011 9:15 PM by Doug_S
Doug_S Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

So I'm looking at possiblities for a new computer and right now I'm torn between the top end 13" MacBook Air and the 13" MBP with a 256 GB SSD.


The big differences are price (with an SSD the MBP is about $300 more expensive), processor (1.8 GHz vs 2.8 GHz) and native resolution (1,440 by 900 vs 1,280 by 800). Right now, I'm slightly leaning towards the MacBook Air as it has so much going for it but I'm wondering how the lower-powered processor is going ot hold up for Photoshop work.


Now, I'm a web designer but I do the occasional print piece. That includes some larger files but the vast majority of my work is going to be web design and development. How do they compare? Is the MBA enough or should I go MBP?


I'm not too worried about screen size as either will be paired with a Cinema Display.



  • Dickie7 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm a designer for print and the huge problem with my new MBA is getting large files on to it from my Mac Pro... there is just not good way to do it since my Mac Pro doesn't have Thunderbolt and my MBA doesn't have Firewire... presenting a huge problem for me and rendering my MBA virtually useless. 

    Also if you're used to the resolution of a Cinema Display as I am, the MBA appears a tad low res... the screens on them just aren't that great.


    That said, if these issues don't affect you, I have used the MBA occasionally for Photoshop work and it holds up pretty well... and if you're mobile you just can't beat the size and weight factor.



    Hope this helps a little...

  • Doug_S Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm not overly concerned with file transfers. Most, if not all, of the new files I'll be getting will be going over the network and, from what I've observed, most of the other Mac users appeared to have Thunderbolt Macs.


    Speaking of networks, it should be possible for you to transfer the files over ethernet at a faster speed than FireWire anyway.


    I'm sure, screen wise, a 13" laptop feels smaller than a Cinema Display, I have a 27" iMac I'm using at home so I'm used to larger screens. However, I also have an older 15" MBP and I hate carrying it around.


    What sorts of files do you use in Photoshop? What file size and how complex? Do you do anything poster-sized and if so have you noticed any performance issues there?